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This prehistoric burial mound used for 2,000 years

This prehistoric burial mound re-used for 2,000 years

Researchers have found evidence that an unremarkable prehistoric burial mound near Bordeaux, in southwest France, was re-used by locals for around 2,000 years. The researchers...
Comets might have brought water to our planet billions of years ago

Comets might have brought water to our planet billions of years ago

The mystery of why Earth has so much water, allowing our "blue marble" to support an astounding array of life, is clearer with new...
Scientists discover ancient seawater preserved from the last Ice Age

Scientists discover ancient seawater preserved from the last Ice Age

Twenty thousand years ago, in the thick of an Ice Age, Earth looked very different. Because water was locked up in glaciers hundreds of feet...
Scientists find the oldest meteorite collection on Earth

Scientists find the oldest meteorite collection on Earth

Earth is bombarded every year by rocky debris, but the rate of incoming meteorites can change over time. Finding enough meteorites scattered on the planet's...
New findings could help better understand inner Earth and other planets

New findings could help better understand inner Earth and other planets

High pressure deep inside the young Earth may have driven vast stores of carbon into the planet’s core while also setting the stage for...
Scientists find a new food source for early life on Earth

Scientists find a new food source for early life on Earth

Scientists have demonstrated a new source of food for early life on the planet. Life on Earth relies on the availability of critical elements such...
How the Earth became a habitable planet

How the Earth became a habitable planet

The Earth is unique in our solar system. It is the only terrestrial planet with a large amount of water and a relatively large moon,...
How Earth's mantle is like a Jackson Pollock painting

How Earth’s mantle is like a Jackson Pollock painting

In countless grade-school science textbooks, the Earth's mantle is a yellow-to-orange gradient, a nebulously defined layer between the crust and the core. To geologists, the...
Ben Franklin was right again! This time is about Iceland volcano eruption

Ben Franklin was right again! This time is about Iceland volcano eruption

An enormous volcanic eruption on Iceland in 1783-84 did not cause an extreme summer heat wave in Europe. But, as Benjamin Franklin speculated, the eruption...
Scientists discover a new way volcanoes form

Scientists discover a new way volcanoes form

Bermuda has a unique volcanic past. About 30 million years ago, a disturbance in the mantle’s transition zone supplied the magma to form the...